Department of Commerce(DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center(SEFSC), Unpublished material, Assess/monitor effects of MPA status on reef fish populations and spawning aggregations in the Tortugas Ecological Reserves: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center(SEFSC), Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR), Beaufort, NC.
Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.00001. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.00001. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal Degrees.
Collection of fish abundance data for the assessment of effectiveness of marine protected areas in recovering overexploited fish populations in the Tortugas Ecological Reserves.
This data consists of two fish community surveys conducted in the offshore marine habitats of the Tortugas South Ecological Reserve and the Tortugas North Ecological Reserve of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Original station selections for the South Reserve study were made based on habitat characterizations made from echosounders aboard a NOAA research vessel. Additional stations were added using knowledge and observations provided by local experienced fishermen used in the project. Original station locations for the North Reserve study were obtained from NCCOS CCFHR reearchers at the Beaufort NOAA lab who had been conducting seagrass research in the North Reserve. One additional station was added using input from FWC's senior coral biologist. Over time, some changes were made to the universe of sampling stations and the frequency of sampling .
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